Afterthoughts on Bach's Goldberg Variations

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巴赫的音樂在好幾個世代以來,提供了音樂家源源不絕的靈感。我們在貝多芬、蕭邦、李斯特、蕭斯塔高維契以及其他許多現代音樂家的作品中,看到巴赫的影響。《郭德堡變奏曲》是巴赫在創作力最旺盛時期的顛峰之作,在這首樂曲蘊含著多種曲風、有精彩的炫技、以及無可匹敵的藝術性。

在研讀《郭德堡變奏曲》時,我開始思考一個問題,如果巴赫活得長久,經歷到後來各時代音樂風格的演變,他會不會把這些不同的風格都融入他的作品之中,也包括在《郭德堡變奏曲》中呢?

這首《Afterthoughts on Bach’s Goldberg Variation》的創作動機,即試圖要在巴赫的時代與現代之間搭起一座橋樑。以貫穿「三十個詠嘆調與變奏」的低音聲部為骨架,探索巴洛克、古典、浪漫、乃至於二十世紀的雷鬼、流行歌曲與爵士樂等不同風格的音樂語彙,或許你會在樂曲的不同段落發現熟悉的旋律,並且享受這樣的發現之旅。

 

J. S. Bach’s music has inspired generations of composers. We can see Bach’s influence on Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Shostakovich, as well as many contemporary composers. The Goldberg Variations represent the summit of his creative efforts and are comprised of a wide variety of styles, technical brilliance, and unparalleled artistry.

While studying Goldberg Variations, I started to wonder about the possibilities if Bach had lived longer and experienced the different musical styles in the course of history. How would he have incorporated these styles into his works, and perhaps even in his Goldberg Variations?

My composition is an attempt to bridge the gap between the present and Bach’s time. While keeping the original bass line from Bach's Goldberg Variations, which served as the foundation of the aria and 30 variations, "Afterthoughts" explores the musical styles ranging from the baroque, classical, romantic styles and continues through the 20th century’s ragtime, pop songs, and jazz idioms. You may recognize some familiar tunes here and will hopefully enjoy the ride.